Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/12/15
From Press Release
Penn Charter graduate Joey Sankey set the school’s all-time scoring mark as fourth-ranked North Carolina improved to 3-0 in the ACC for the first time in 23 years with a 17-15 men’s lacrosse win over second-ranked Syracuse before a sellout crowd of 6,004 at Fetzer Field Saturday afternoon.
The win sent 11 Tar Heel seniors out on a winning note in their final regular-season appearance at Fetzer Field where the crowd was the largest since Carolina beat Johns Hopkins before 8,500 fans in April 1983. The Tar Heels are now 12-1 this season and 3-0 in the ACC heading into a battle in South Bend, Ind., next Saturday against top-ranked Notre Dame (4 p.m., ESPNU). Syracuse is now 8-2 overall and 2-2 in the ACC. Carolina has started its ACC season with three straight wins for the first time since 1992.
Luke Goldstock led UNC with four goals and one assist to overcome a five-goal, one-assist effort by Syracuse’s Dylan Donahue. Chad Tutton had three goals and an assist for UNC while Jimmy Bitter had two goals and two assists. Sankey and Shane Simpson each added two goals and an assist for the Heels while Peyton Klawinski added two goals.
With his three points, Sankey became the all-time leading scorer in UNC history. His goal with 9:17 left gave the Tar Heels a 17-11 lead and in the process he recorded his 214th career point. He broke the previous school record of 213 set by Marcus Holman from 2010-13.
After Sankey’s goal, Syracuse staged a furious rally, cutting the Tar Heel lead to 17-15 with less than two minutes to play on a goal by Tom Grimm. The Orange had a man-up situation following Grimm’s goal but Jake Bailey forced a turnover by Kevin Rice with 28 seconds to play and Evan Connell claimed the ground ball, allowing Carolina to run out the clock.
Carolina had not hosted the Orange at Fetzer Field since March 6, 1993, when the Tar Heels prevailed 14-10. Syracuse had won the four meetings between the two teams since then but Saturday’s win improved to Carolina to 6-1 all-time against the Orange in Chapel Hill, including a 5-1 record on Fetzer.
In a wild, end-to-end affair the Tar Heels outshot the Orange 49-48 while Syracuse held an edge in ground balls 35-28. Both teams played relatively cleanly with Syracuse committing nine turnovers and the Tar Heels just eight. Carolina was a perfect 16-for-16 clearing the ball while Syracuse was 12-for-14. One of the two failed clears was created by Goldstock’s ride with Sankey claiming a loose ball for a fourth-quarter goal that gave the Heels a five-goal lead.
Kieran Burke made 17 saves for the Tar Heels, including 10 in the first half to allow UNC to take a 10-6 lead into the locker room. Syracuse played two goalkeepers with Bobby Wardwell and Warren Hill combining to make 10 saves.
Syracuse’s Ben Williams won 21 of 35 face-offs against Stephen Kelly for UNC in their head-to-head matchup. Williams had a game-high nine ground balls. But after Williams won 14 of 18 draws in the first half, Kelly came back to win 10 of 17 in the second half including some late wins that allowed the Tar Heels to weather the fourth quarter Syracuse rally.
Besides Donahue, Nicky Galasso had three goals for the Orange while Hakeem Lecky scored a pair of goals and added an assist. Randy Staats had three assists for the Orange while Kevin Rice had a goal and two assists.
Jimmy Bitter’s four points Saturday give him 195 for his career and he is now fourth all-time at UNC behind Sankey, Holman and Bruce Ledwith. Bitter now has 120 career goals, just one behind Marcus Holman for second all-time at Carolina and eight behind the school record mark. Sankey’s assist allowed him to move into third place all-time at Carolina with 93, one more than Holman. Chad Tutton’s three goals, all in the first half, give him 99 career goals. With one more goal he will become the 12th player to score 100 goals in his Tar Heels career.
The Tar Heels jumped on the Orange early, scoring the first five goals of the game for a lead they never relinquished. Shane Simpson had a goal and an assist and Chad Tutton had a pair of early tallies for the Heels as Carolina eased to a 4-0 advantage. When Peyton Klawinski scored his first goal since the Harvard game UNC was up 5-0 with 1:37 left in the first quarter. With two goals Saturday, Klawinski has now scored 16 times this season on 21 shots on goal.
Syracuse answered UNC’s early burst with three straight goals before the two teams traded goals back-and-forth over a 3:52 span of the second period. Donahue’s goal with 5:05 left in the first half cut UNC’s lead to 8-6 and was the last time Syracuse was that close until the last two minutes of the game. Carolina reclaimed the momentum before halftime as Tate Jozokos scored a goal from Jimmy Bitter in an unsettled situation with 3:23 to play and then Chad Tutton tallied 59 seconds before halftime to make it 10-6 at the break.
Carolina scored four of the first five goals of the second half to build its biggest lead at 14-7 with 5:40 left in the third period when Jimmy Bitter scored his 31st goal of the season. Goldstock notched three of his four goals on the day in that 4-1 scoring run.
Syracuse answered by scoring four of the next five goals to cut Carolina’s lead to 15-11 with 10:46 to play on Donahue’s fourth goal of the game. Back-to-back goals by Sankey at 9:48 and 9:17 restored a six-goal cushion for the Heels. The first goal came off a broken clear as Sankey scored into an empty net after a successful ride by Goldstock and the second goal was on an extra-man situation with an assist to Tutton. On that goal, Sankey broke Holman’s career scoring record.
But 11-time NCAA champion Syracuse would not go away easily and the four-goal run pulled the Orange within 17-15 with four different players scoring for SU. After Tom Grimm scored with 1:52 to play off Donahue’s assist, Sankey was sent off for one minute for unnecessary roughness, giving the Cuse a man up opportunity. Carolina won the ensuing face-off but turned the ball over and Syracuse cleared the ball and called a timeout with 1:20 to play.
The Carolina defense stood tall and did not allow Syracuse to get a shot off over the next 50 seconds. Jake Bailey forced a turnover by Kevin Rice with 28 seconds left and Evan Connell retrieved the ground ball, allowing the Tar Heels to run out the clock as UNC improved to 6-1 against nationally-ranked teams this season.
NEXT UP: North Carolina will travel to South Bend, Ind., to meet the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in a battle for the ACC regular-season championship. Both teams are currently 3-0 in the ACC with the Irish ranked #1 and UNC #4. The game is next Saturday at 4 p.m. and will be nationally-televised by ESPNU.
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